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Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor learning in early education refers to the intentional use of outdoor environments as a learning setting for young children. It involves taking educational activities and experiences beyond the traditional classroom and into the natural world or outdoor spaces. At Adora ELA, we have designed outdoor learning spaces in which children are provided with opportunities to engage with nature, explore their surroundings, and interact with the environment in a hands-on and experiential way. Each outdoor classroom is set up with outdoor learning stations that include “Sing”, “Create”, “Touch”, “Gather”, “Grow” and “Move”.

Outdoor learning in early education has numerous benefits. It promotes physical health and well-being, enhances cognitive development, stimulates curiosity and inquiry, fosters environmental awareness, and supports social-emotional growth. It also offers a break from the traditional classroom environment, providing children with a refreshing and engaging learning experience.

In outdoor learning, educators design and facilitate activities that align with children’s developmental needs and learning objectives. These activities can include a wide range of experiences, such as:


  1. Nature exploration: Children are encouraged to observe and investigate the natural world, including plants, animals, weather patterns, and ecosystems. They might collect leaves, examine insects, or study the life cycle of plants.
  2. Sensory experiences: Outdoor environments provide rich sensory experiences, allowing children to touch, smell, see, hear, and sometimes taste elements of nature. They might feel different textures, listen to bird songs, or notice the scent of flowers.
  3. Physical play and movement: Outdoor spaces provide opportunities for physical activity and gross motor development. Children can engage in running, jumping, climbing, balancing, and playing games that promote coordination and strength.
  4. Environmental stewardship: Through outdoor learning, children develop an understanding and appreciation for the natural world. They might participate in activities like gardening, composting, or recycling to learn about sustainability and taking care of the environment.
  5. Creative expression: Outdoor settings stimulate children’s creativity and imagination. They can engage in art, music, storytelling, or role-playing activities that are inspired by the natural surroundings.
  6. Problem-solving and critical thinking: Outdoor learning offers real-life contexts for problem-solving and critical thinking. Children might encounter challenges or puzzles that require them to think, plan, and find solutions in the outdoor environment.